Happy Birthday, Bruce Dickinson!

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden launches a new beer named 'Trooper', brewed by Robinsons family brewer in Stockport, at National Army Museum on March 12, 2013 in London, England.
Bruce Dickinson
has been flying high lately, both in the air and on the ground.

He’s still one of the hardest working men in metal and should really take some time to sit back and relax on his birthday, but we all know he probably won’t.

Besides finishing up a three-year world tour with Iron Maiden and Eddie on July 5th Bruce loves to fly.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg Television during the Farnborough International Airshow, Bruce revealed he is one of the lead investors for the world’s largest aircraft, The Hybrid Air Vehicle, however, it also goes by the cooler name, Airlander.

Dickinson said he has been a primary investor in this project for years.

“I was a primary investor in this years ago,” said Bruce. “What started off as a dream in a little shed in Bedford ended up being a $550 million program for the U.S. Military because they saw the potential of this as a surveillance aircraft.”

Of course, while flying is a passion of Bruce’s, music will always be number one, and he’s never shied away from voicing his opinion about the business.

During a June interview with The Guardian, Bruce said, “I’m not interested in being famous. Fame is the excrement of creativity, it’s the s*** that comes  the back end…people think it’s the excrement you should be eating. It’s not. It’s the creativity and the audience and being there in the moment.”

“Fame is the excrement of creativity?!”  Tell us how you really feel, Bruce.

Despite not being big on fame, Bruce still makes it a point to recognize Iron Maiden fans.

Per The Canterbury Times, Ollie Mangion, an 18-year old Maiden fan, recently attended the Sonisphere Festival, but when his wallet was stolen, he had to venture over to onsite police to report the crime and missed most of Maiden’s show.

Upon hearing about the incident, the band tracked down the fan and sent over a box of autographed goodies including shirts, photos, a vinyl record and a personal letter. That’s just pure class!

Happy birthday, Bruce! If you have the time, perhaps you should reflect on your awesomeness with a pint (or four) of Trooper.  We have a good feeling many Maiden fans will be doing the same.